Panel to probe improper preferential access to publicly funded health services in Alberta
Beacon Staff Reporter
Alberta Health Services inquiry hearings will be held in Calgary in February and March.
The Lieutenant Governor has ordered a public inquiry into claims of preferential access of publicly funded health services.
The Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry public hearings will be held in Calgary this February and March.
The public hearings are pursuant to Section 17 of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act.
Commissioner of the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry John Z. Vertes will hold the public hearings in Calgary at the Telus Conference Centre.
They will take place in Room #E1, Macleod Hall (Lower Level) South Building and on Feb. 25, 26, 27, 28 and March 1 in Telus Room 105 and 106 of the North Building.
The purpose of these hearings is to receive evidence pertinent to the Order in Council’s Terms of Reference.
According to the Commission’s website, allegations have been made that some Albertans can obtain or have obtained improper preferential access to publicly funded health services. In response to these allegations, the Government of Alberta has announced a public inquiry to investigate such a possibility.
An Order in Council establishing the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry has been issued by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to that effect.
Commissioner John Z. Vertes has the powers, privileges and immunities of a Commissioner under the Public Inquiries Act.
These include the power to summon witnesses and documents. The Inquiry is not subject to government influence or interference in its proceedings however it must exemplify appropriate management practices.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are to consider whether improper preferential access to publicly funded health services is occurring and if there is evidence of improper preferential access to publicly funded health services occurring, to then make recommendations to prevent improper access in the future.
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